Readiness to test. What does it mean to be ready?
In my many years of experience with testers of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, I believe readiness is determined not by a percentage of correct answers on a random set of NCLEX practice questions but by performance and competency in these key areas:
Mental Readiness includes the ability to understand emotions and to control test anxiety; concentrate at a high level during independent practice sessions, the ability to embrace errors in question practice with the understanding that this is the best way to increase content knowledge daily and make learning stick in long-term memory; and to understand and demonstrate higher-order thinking and the critical-thinking process.
Physical Readiness includes the stamina required to physically be able to sustain concentration without fatigue for three full hours for an outstanding exam performance. Daily practice must include good nutrition, 20 minutes of daily exercise, and mind rest or meditation practice for brain health and good night’s sleep. Physical readiness is as important for your exam performance as it is for a productive professional life.
Letting Go of Perfection is a key to readiness. How well do you manage unknown situations and outcomes and deal with questions when confronted with content you feel unsure of? Embracing uncertainty increases your capacity to handle an always-increasing body of knowledge creatively and ethically. How comfortable are you with uncertainty, change, and complex situations- skills essential to nursing practice?
In this talk I answer the questions: “How do I know I’m ready to test? & “What can I do the day before testing?”
Prayer Before Testing
Be with me as I take this exam.
Keep my mind alert and my memory sharp.
Calm my nerves and help me concentrate.
I know that you walk with me,
Guiding my path and inspiring my heart.
I pray that I would feel you with me,
And that your friendship would soften the pressure I feel.
I pray that I would pass this exam and go on to new things with you.
Thank you for your peace and your love in my life.
Thank you for your kindness and care for me.